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Nursing graduate named - Graduate Nurse of the Year

Thursday, 21 October 2010


Congratulations to ECU nursing graduate, Ailish Owens who was named the ‘Graduate Nurse of the Year’ at the 2010 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (NMEAs).

Hosted by WA Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames, the annual Awards celebrate and acknowledge the contribution the professions of nursing and midwifery make to the health of Western Australians.

Ms Owens was presented with her award for demonstrating a strong patient focus, team spirit and commitment to the profession.

“I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 16 years old,” says Ms Owens.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award as it is a reflection on not only the hard work I put into my studies and career but also on the capabilities and support I received from my tutors and lectures at ECU.”

Since graduating in 2008, Ms Owens now works in the Department of Aged Care and Rehabilitation at Osborne Park Hospital.

The Awards also saw Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox present the ECU sponsored 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Dr Kerlyn Carville.

Dr Carville is a recognised nursing expert in wound care, ostomy and continence management both in Australia and overseas. Her many publications and presentations have been a driving force that has seen wound management and improved patient care pushed to the forefront of nursing practice in Western Australia.

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